The lockdown is necessary for our safety. However, some criminals may see this as an opportunity to strike homes and businesses. As a result of this, you have to take appropriate measures to ensure that your household and properties are safe from robbery. These robbers go from house to house stealing food, electronic gadgets, money, and other household items. There is a limit to what the police can do. That is why it is important we protect ourselves not only against coronavirus but also shield our lives and properties from these perpetrators. Below are some ideas you can consider to have peace of mind about the safety of your home during the coronavirus lockdown.
Most robbers access people’s homes through an open gate, the fence, doors or windows. This is why you should ensure every means of entry is properly locked, this includes external doors, windows, and gates. Introducing additional padlocks is also a safety measure you may want to explore.
Most people in Nigeria, tend to leave spare keys with their neighbors, friends and family members. Though you may trust them, it is advisable to collect any spare keys you may have given to them. There is no reason for them to hold on to your spare keys considering the current situation and everyone is camped at home. If possible, you should consider replacing your padlocks with more effective ones.
Also, your car keys! Endeavor to keep your car keys in a safe place, preferably your bedroom or in a safe/locked box.
In Lagos, we have had cases of people getting their properties stolen through the window. Make sure you do not keep any of your valuable properties close to the window. This will prevent your home from being targeted for specific items a burglar might have seen. You can keep your valuables hidden in certain areas like your drawers, wardrobe, etc.
It’s advisable to stop your daily activities early enough. Don’t stay out late and ensure you turn off your generator early. Word on the street is that some people have been led by robbers into their homes when they go out to turn off their generators. If possible, try to set a time, depending on your area, for when you will turn off your generator and lock all your main doors. It is advisable that this set-time is early. Another option, though it is not economical, is to leave the generator running till it goes off, just to avoid going out late at night.
Apart from armed robbers, it is very important to protect yourself and your family from coronavirus. Wash hands regularly for about 20 seconds using soap and running water. Alternatively, you could use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth using disposable tissue or flexed elbow (like a dab).
For anyone who is not feeling well in your household, keep a safe distance of about 3 meters away from them. Additionally, isolate the sick person from other members of the household. If you need to visit a doctor don’t hesitate to consult one of our doctors
Another way to keep yourself safe from contracting the virus is to limit touching your nose, eyes, and mouth.
While locked down in your home to keep safe from coronavirus, safety from robbers is very important. Criminals are taking advantage of the situation to attack homes with security loopholes. If you notice any irregular activities in your area in Lagos and Ogun state, don’t hesitate to call any of these police numbers; Lagos State Police Command Control Numbers: 08127155132, 08065154338, 07055462708. Ogun State Police Command Control Numbers: 08081770416, 08081770419.